Great Reno Balloon Race 2014

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Article by Kim Hull


Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Great Reno Balloon Race 2014 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Date: September 4 – 7, 2014
Location: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno, Nevada


Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Great Reno Balloon Race 2014 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The most common word overheard at the Great Reno Balloon Race? “Awesome!”
And, awesome it is.

Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The world’s largest free hot-air ballooning event, the Great Reno Balloon Race has been held each November since 1982. With more than 100 balloons, the event draws more than 100,000 attendees each year.

Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Great Reno Balloon Race 2014 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Over the event’s three days, attendees gather before dawn north of downtown Reno at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park to view the glow show, Dawn Patrol, and to watch the preparation and mass ascension of the balloons.

Great Reno Balloon Race
Great Reno Balloon Race Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Great Reno Balloon Race 2014 Schedule

  • Glow shows daily at 5:00 am
  • Dawn Patrol on Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 am
  • Mass Ascension daily at 6:45 am

The race is free to spectators. Directions and parking information can be found on the Great Reno Balloon Race website.

Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Great Reno Balloon Race 2014 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media